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Eradicating Differences: The Treatment of Minorities in Nazi-Dominated Europe
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Eradicating Differences: The Treatment of Minorities in Nazi-Dominated Europe
Enemy Images in War Propaganda Editor: Anton Weiss-Wendt
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-1-4438-2368-5
Publication Date: 2010
Format: Hardcover
Availability: In Stock
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The essays that comprise this book offer an integrated perspective on Nazi policies of mass murder. Drawing heavily on primary sources from European and American archives, the essays provide novel interpretations of Nazi policies vis-à-vis ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities in the German-occupied territories, specifically Eastern Europe. In dealing with the “lesser races,” the Nazis proved more flexible and less single-minded than has been conventionally believed.

Faced with what they saw as a temporary military setback, the Nazis were willing to renegotiate their murderous policies, granting certain concessions to minority groups otherwise slated for destruction. In the long run, however, the Nazis never abandoned the ideology of racial exclusiveness, which contributed to their ultimate defeat.  

This volume also examines how German occupation authorities encouraged ethnic rivalries and grievances tracing back to the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires. The Hobbesian war of all against all that ensued made it easier for the Nazis to apply a divide-and-rule policy. It also provided a fertile ground for collaboration, specifically in the mass murder of Jews. The is an essential book for scholars studying genocide, ethno-nationalism, and minority studies.

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About the Editor
Anton Weiss-Wendt heads the research department at the Norwegian Holocaust Center in Oslo, Norway. He has published widely in the field of Holocaust studies.
Eradicating Differences: The Treatment of Minorities in Nazi-Dominated Europe

Table of Contents

Foreword (Steven T. Katz)

  • Introduction: Toward an Integrated Perspective on the Nazi Policies of Mass Murder (Anton Weiss-Wendt)
  • Nazi Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Hans-Hermann Dirksen)
  • The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals in Occupied Countries: A Lenient Exception to Normal Justice against Non-Germans? (Geoffrey J. Giles)
  • Hitler’s Struggle for Existence against Slavs: Racial Theory and Vacillations in Nazi Policy toward Czechs and Poles (Richard Weikart)
  • Goralenvolk: An “Aryan” Minority in Southern Poland and Its Treatment by the Nazis (Katarzyna Szurmiak)
  • Looking East or Looking South? Nazi Ethnic Policies in the Crimea and the Caucasus (Kiril Feferman)
  • The Civil Wars in the Soviet Western Borderlands, 1941–1945 (Alexander V. Prusin)
  • A Multipronged Attack: Ustaša Persecution of Serbs, Jews, and Roma in Wartime Croatia (Alexander Korb)
  • Genocide and Ethnocide: Similarities and Differences between Jewish and Slovenian Victimization in Slovenia (Andrej Pančur)
  • The Campaign “Jews-Lice-Typhus” as an Example of Polish Participation in Nazi Anti-Semitic Propaganda (Agata Katarzyna Dąbrowska)
  • Through the Eyes of the Survivors: Jewish-Gentile Relations in Bessarabia and Transnistria During the Holocaust (Diana Dumitru)


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